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The New College Foundation Scholarship Program is designed to:

  • encourage enrollment at New College Institute (NCI),
  • increase the college attendance rate in the community, and
  • help make college affordable.

The Foundation offers scholarships to assist students in advancing their education and improving career readiness.


Applicants must meet at minimum the following criteria:

  • admitted to a NCI affiliated program leading toward a bachelor’s, master’s, endorsement, graduate certificate program or post-graduate degree
  • May attend part-time or full-time
  • Enrolled for the duration of the scholarship period
  • Other criteria as established by scholarship donors

Applicants are encouraged to apply for state and federal assistance by completing the FAFSA application. 


Scholarships are awarded each year based on the Foundation’s spending policy, the availability of funds, merit of the application, and if the applicant has received previous awards from the Foundation.

How to Apply

The application must be completed online at  Paper applications are not accepted.

Only one application is necessary to be considered for all available scholarships.  Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the criteria for each fund.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on May 27, 2021.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.   All applicants will be notified in writing regarding the status of their application.

The application packet must include an official transcript from the most recently attended college, two letters of recommendation from individuals other than relatives who are familiar with the applicant’s qualities and character, and one community service verification form signed by the organization's representative.  Community service should not be older than one year.  Official transcripts sent from the university may be mailed to the foundation office at 134 East Church St., Ste. 225, Martinsville, VA  24112 or emailed to Shamonta' Taylor at

Applications are evaluated by the New College Foundation Scholarship Committee on the basis of academic and work history, community service, personal statements, and leadership attributes.  In addition, other criteria may be set by scholarship donors for specific awards.

Evaluation Rubric 

The Scholarship Committee will determine the merit of the scholarship based upon an evaluation rubric.

Disbursement of Funds

Funds are paid directly to the university partner.  Scholarship funds must be used within the academic year for which they are awarded. Extensions or deferments are not permitted.  Once awards are determined, recipients are required to submit a statement of acceptance and a thank-you letter to the scholarship donor prior to the foundation disbursing funds.